Brace yourselves as a typhoon is forecast to make landfall in western and central Japan this Tuesday
As the stormy season unfolds, western and central Japan find themselves on high alert as Typhoon Lan approaches, with an expected landfall on August 15. The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued warnings of heavy rain, potential mudslides, and flooding, creating concern during the country’s annual Bon summer holidays.
As of now, Typhoon Lan is positioned south of the Izu island chain and is steadily making its way towards eastern and western Japan. Forecasts indicate that these regions will experience significant downpours from Monday through Tuesday. The looming typhoon has prompted West Japan Railway Co. to anticipate potential delays or even suspensions in train services starting from Monday.
Currently located around 380 kilometers south of Hachijo Island, Typhoon Lan is moving northwest with an atmospheric pressure of 965 hectopascals and wind speeds of up to 198 kilometers per hour. As the week progresses, the typhoon is projected to head northward through the Sea of Japan, affecting a broader area.
The Japan Meteorological Agency predicts intense rainfall of up to 300 to 500 millimeters in the Tokai region of central Japan over the 24-hour period leading up to 6 a.m. on Monday. Additionally, the Kanto-Koshin and Kinki regions could witness up to 300 millimeters of rainfall. These forecasts raise concerns about potential flooding and the need for residents to exercise caution.
The timing of Typhoon Lan’s approach coincides with the summer holidays and events around Tokyo. The influx of return holidaymakers adds to the complexity, as many travelers opt to head home earlier than planned to avoid getting stranded due to the typhoon. The subsequent rush of travelers is likely to lead to heavy congestion, causing disruptions in transportation and travel plans.
The looming typhoon’s impact is expected to extend over a considerable duration due to its slow movement. Shuichi Tachihara, the chief forecaster at the Japan Meteorological Agency, cautioned that the cumulative rain from Typhoon Lan could surpass the average rainfall for the entire month of August. As the region braces for this powerful natural phenomenon, residents and authorities remain vigilant and prepared for the challenges it may bring.
With winds expected to hit the Tokai and Kinki regions forcefully, and torrential rain anticipated in multiple areas, the Japan Meteorological Agency has urged residents to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions. As the nation navigates through this impending natural event, communities are reminded of the importance of preparedness and the unity required to weather the storm.